Wednesday saw the culmination of a year-long project for 4
sixth form students from Alde Valley School. The project, run through the UEA
and CEAS, involved 5 schools in Norfolk and Suffolk. Students were expected to
work as a team on a project of their choice that involved researching a topic
about their own town. The girls – Katie and Megan Clark, Laura James-Stroud and
Jasmine Smith – chose to look at Working Women in Leiston and worked with the
Long Shop Museum as their client to produce 4 display panels that will
eventually be displayed at the museum.
Alde Valley School was the only school in the project to
link the girls’ work to an External Project Qualification (EPQ) but by doing so
the students were encouraged to rely entirely on themselves to guide their
research, communicate with outside groups, design their boards and produce
their own presentation for the celebration event yesterday. They have done
all of this in addition to studying for their A levels. Quite an achievement!
They are especially grateful to the support they have received from Margaret
Young (a descendant of the Garrett Family who gave the girls access to
photographic archives not in the public domain), Emma Jackson and Anna Mercer
of the Long Shop Museum and Niki Spatchett from EDF Energy. And also to Elizabeth
McDonald, their UEA mentor, who on several occasions has made the long journey
from Norwich to meet with the girls.
Yesterday’s celebration event was held at the Forum in
Norwich in front of their peers, invited guests and a panel of academicians
from UEA who adjudicated the students’ work. Each school had to deliver a
presentation that not only informed the panel about the research they had
undertaken and the final product but also included an element of reflection
about the project as a whole. The prize for the best overall project and
presentation was presented by Helen Castor – a renowned historian who earlier in the year presented the BBC TV
The girls of
Alde Valley School were judged to have won the overall prize.
Laflin, Deputy Head of Alde Valley School who attended the celebration event,
was excited for the students and their achievements. ‘Our students
worked incredibly hard and showed a great deal of commitment in completing the
project and preparing the presentation. Katie, Megan, Laura and Jasmine
have all had to overcome challenges along the way but the end result was a real
credit to their dedication. I’m extremely proud of what they have
achieved. They are all ambassadors of the school and are exceptional role
Photo: Laura James-Stroud, Margaret Young, Emma Laflin,
Jasmine Smith, Katie Clark, Megan Clark.